Welcome to The Streaming Report for July 10, 2014. After the long week you deserve a relaxing staycation with a bowl of popcorn, a bucket of ice cream, and only your Netflix queue to judge you. This past week, Netflix Watch Instant has been kind enough to supply us Black Rock, Homefront, Alan Partridge, and more, which you’ll find out if you should watch ’em after the break.
Alan Partridge (Declan Lowney) When famous DJ Alan Partridge’s radio station is taken over by a new media conglomerate, it sets in motion a chain of events which see Alan having to work with the police to defuse a potentially violent siege. Starring Steve Coogan, Colm Meaney, and Tim Key
Based on Coogan’s pre-existing Alan Partridge character that has appeared in multiple radio and television series, he now enters the world of cinema. I have not seen this film, but it has earned high regards critically and commercially. Coogan is a pretty solid comedian and actor and if he has gained this much praise for the character of Alan Partridge for all of these years I would say this is worth an effort on Netflix. (Watch it now)
Homefront (Gary Fleder) A former DEA agent moves his family to a quiet town, where he soon tangles with a local meth druglord. Starring Jason Statham, James Franco, Winona Ryder, and Kate Bosworth
If you want to watch yet another Jason Statham movie where Jason Stathom Jason Stathoms then by all means Homefront is for you. And if you want to watch James Franco James Franco it up as a hillbilly named Gator with a silly Southern accent, then you’ll get even more of a kick out of this film. But aside from those factors, this movie is pretty weak. (Watch it now)
Black Rock (Katie Aselton) Three childhood friends set aside their personal issues and reunite for a girls’ weekend on a remote island off the coast of Maine. One wrong move turns their weekend getaway into a deadly fight for survival. Starring Katie Aselton, Lake Bell, and Kate Bosworth
If you enjoy women fearing for their lives as a bunch of troubled war vets hunt them down out of anger for 90 minutes be my guest to watch Black Rock. Will they survive? I honestly didn’t care because the story and the characters are so minimally fleshed out that I wanted the movie to end 15 minutes in. Black Rock is terrible and I want you to know that so you don’t watch it. (Watch it now… if you dare)
Out of the Furnace (Scott Cooper) When Rodney Baze mysteriously disappears and law enforcement doesn’t follow through fast enough, his older brother, Russell, takes matters into his own hands to find justice. Starring Christian Bale, Casey Affleck, Zoe Saldana, and Woody Harrelson
Despite a decent effort by all the actors involved, there just isn’t much in Out of the Furnace for them to work with. It’s a linear path of bleak, uninteresting drama with little stakes and boring plot points. The characters are bland and story is very boring. Good luck. (Watch it now)
What will you be watching this weekend?
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All plot synopses courtesy of IMDb.com